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MarajaWednesday 16th of February 2005 04:29:43 AM
kore mataha sore? - Simple rules. Example:

Person A:
inu ka neko?
dog or cat?


Person B:
inu

kawaiku ka utsukushii?
cute or beautiful?

etc.


'or' seems to mean both mataha and ka. I let some sensei explain why. ;)

So I start. :D

watashi mataha anata?
me or you?

:p


kuzzywuzzyWednesday 16th of February 2005 05:41:51 AM
- または would be "mata wa", the は being the particle "wa", I believe. It is an idiomatic expression. I am not really sure of its usage, so I will let Tomoka-san explain.

I think if you used か (ka), you would say something like:

犬か猫がどちらですか?
いぬかねこがどちらですか?
Inu ka neko ga dochira desu ka?

Which would mean something like, "Between dog or cat, which one?" I am not really sure of this, though, so Tomoka-san can correct me ;)

At a basic stage of Japanese, I would use something like:

犬と猫とどちらが好きですか?
いぬとねことどちらがすきですか?
Inu to neko to dochira ga suki desu ka?
Between a dog and a cat, which do you prefer?

か (ka) may be used in the same fashion as と (to) here, but I am not sure. と (to) means "and" used here.

To answer, あなた (anata) ;)

平仮名か片仮名か。。。
ひらがなかかたかなか。。。
Hiragana ka Katakana ka...
Hiragana or Katakana...
tomokaWednesday 16th of February 2005 10:21:21 AM
- kuzzywuzzy-san's explanation is very good!

犬と猫とどちらが好きですか?
いぬとねことどちらがすきですか?
Inu to neko to dochira ga suki desu ka?
Between a dog and a cat, which do you prefer?

か (ka) is used in the same fashion as と (to)
と (to) means "and" here.

It depends on the sentence,

hiragana to katakana (no uchi) dochira wo tsukaeba iidesu ka?
(Which should I use, Hiragana or Katakana?)

no uchi = between, among
we often omit 'no uchi'

I think か'ka' sounds a bit stronger than と'to'
when we choose something.

when we ask 'ine ka neko ka?', it sounds like
it's your /final/ answer :D

と'to' sounds soft and it sounds like
'whichever you like, and you can change your mind after that'

kuzzy-san to maraja-san, dochira ga ganbatte imasu ka?
(Which person does study harder, kuzzy or maraja?)

mochiron, futari tomo desu!
I'm sure BOTH of them :)

MarajaWednesday 16th of February 2005 02:42:02 PM
- Thank you for your explanations. :)

It is early in the morning here... *Tries to understand* Hm ok.
Let me try again. :p And as kuzzy-san pointed out to me I use spaces when I write hiragana. That just makes it easier for me to see which character is which. Hope it doesn't disturb you too much.

ラジオ と テレビ と どちら が すき です か?
rajio to terebi to dochira ga suki desu ka?

radio or television?

:D
kuzzywuzzyThursday 17th of February 2005 02:36:06 AM
- どちらも好きじゃありません。
どちらもすきじゃありません。
Dochira mo suki ja arimasen.
I don't like either.

シーディーと映画とどちらも好きです。
シーディーとえいがとどちらもすきです。
Shiidii to eiga to dochira mo suki desu.
I prefer CDs and movies. ;)

ピアノとギターとどちらが好きですか?
ピアノとギターとどちらがすきですか?
Piano to gitaa to dochira ga suki desu ka?
Do you prefer piano or guitar?
MarajaThursday 17th of February 2005 03:38:56 AM
- ピアノがすきですギタアもすきです。ピアノをかなでます。
piano ga suki desu, gitaa mo suki desu. piano wo kanademasu.

I like piano, I also like guitar. I play the piano.

MSNとY!Mどちらがすきですか?
MSN to Y!M dochira ga suki desu ka?

Do you prefer MSN or Y!M?
kuzzywuzzyThursday 17th of February 2005 04:20:16 AM
- MSNがすきです。
MSN ga suki desu.

夏休みと冬休みとどちらが好きですか?
なつやすみとふゆやすみとどちらがすきですか?
Natsuyasumi to fuyuyasumi to dochira ga suki desu ka?
Do you prefer summer vacation or winter vacation?
MarajaThursday 17th of February 2005 02:46:35 PM
- ふゆやすみがすきです。わたしはふゆをあいする!
fuyuyasumi ga suki desu. watashi ha fuyu wo aisuru!

I prefer winter vacation. I love winter!

空と海とどちらがすきですか?
それとうみとどちらがすきですか?
sora to umi to dochira ga suki desu ka?

Do you prefer sky or sea?

PsyFriday 18th of February 2005 10:15:48 AM
- 空が好きです。

If I'm not mistaken, the nuance of "which would you prefer?" (versus "which do you like") can be said "kore to sore to, dochira no hou ga suki desu ka," but feel free to correct me.

咲いた桜と花火と、どちらの方がきれいだと思いますか。
saita sakura to hanabi to, dorchira no hou ga kirei da to omoimasu ka?
wikidSaturday 19th of February 2005 11:56:22 PM
- Umi ga suki desu. Oyogu koto ga suki desu.

Ichigo to chokoreto to banira dochira ga suki desu ka?
AndheraMonday 21st of March 2005 05:49:23 AM
- Chokoreto ga suki desu.
(I like chocolate.)

Chocoreto aisukurimu ga suki desu.
(Is that how you say 'I like choolate ice cream'?)

Hikari to kuroi to dochira ga suki desu ka?
Do you prefer light or dark?

tomokaMonday 21st of March 2005 01:41:02 PM
- Hikari to Yami to dochira ga suki desu ka?

watashi wa hikari ga suki desu.
(I like light.)

日中の光は私を元気にさせる
Nicchuu no hikari wa watashi wo genki ni saseru.
The light of day makes me high-spirited.

数学と歴史と、どちらが好きですか?
suugaku to rekishi to dochira ga suki desu ka?
which do you prefer, mathematics or history?

wikidTuesday 22nd of March 2005 04:51:39 AM
- Rekishi ga suki desu. (suugaku wa totemo muzukashi desu yo!)

Asa to ban to dochira ga suki desu ka?